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Biographies: Aaron Finerman

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129835D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Document File: 3 page(s) / 19K

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Aaron Finerrnan, a man of enormous interests and contributions to the computing field, was born April 1, 1925, and died April 6, 1994. Although he suffered some severe personal tragedies in his family, he did not let that deter him from participating in a large range of activities -- both professional and personal. His major professional areas of interest and expertise were in computing center management, professional society publications, education, and professional societies in general.

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Biographies: Aaron Finerman

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Born April 1, 1925. Died April 6, 1994, in Boca Raton, Florida.

Education: BCE (bachelor, civil engineering), College of the City of New York, 1948; MS, structural engineering, MIT, 1951; DSc, structural engineering, MIT, 1956.

Professional experience: He spent most of his professional career in the management of computing centers, with strong participation in computing education. He was very active in professional societies -- particularly ACM and AFIPS -- with strong emphasis on publications. He formed and led the committee that developed the plan and obtained approval to start this journal, Annals of the History of Computing.

Honors and awards: ACM Distinguished Service Award, 1981; AMES fellow, 1983; in initial group of ACM fellows, 1994.)

Aaron Finerrnan, a man of enormous interests and contributions to the computing field, was born April 1, 1925, and died April 6, 1994. Although he suffered some severe personal tragedies in his family, he did not let that deter him from participating in a large range of activities -- both professional and personal. His major professional areas of interest and expertise were in computing center management, professional society publications, education, and professional societies in general.

It is particularly appropriate for an obituary to appear in the Annals since Aaron played the major role in actually getting this journal started. The idea for such a journal had been floating around for several years, and the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) board -- which was dissolved in 1990 -- was generally favorable. However, nobody had exhibited enough interest to do the planning work to actually get it started. Aaron was the chair of the AFIPS Publications Committee from 1974 to 1984, and in that capacity convened a committee in 1977 to examine the feasibility of this journal. I had the opportunity to participate heavily in this, since I was the chair of the AFIPS History of Computing Committee at that time. Aaron guided the difficult development of a plan that was eventually approved by the AFIPS board, and personally selected Bernard A. Galler as the first editor-in-chief. This led to the announcement of the Annals of the History of Computing, with AFIPS as its publisher, at the (first) ACM SIGPLAN History of Programming Languages Conference in June 1978. The first issue of the Annals was published in July 1979. However, this was only one of a very large number of activities in which Aaron p...